Chillin’ out the anger thing

Interesting couple of weeks… periods of remarkable calm, interspersed with intense anger. Almost like I have to re-learn the whole anger management thing periodicially, to have it make sense to me over the long term.

It’s not easy on my loved-ones, of course. And I’ve been actively working with this anger-business over the past week, to get it in line.

I’ve been having a lot of good results from working with my breathing and practicing a more mindful way of life. And I think I finally understand:

  1. How I can identify what the source of my anger is, when it’s coming up.
  2. Why the anger/rage/irritability comes up so intensely.
  3. How to diffuse it in a timely manner before all hell breaks loose.
  4. How to think about anger/rage/temper issues in ways that don’t make me feel like a complete inept idiot who can’t keep their act together.

The last piece of the puzzle is, by far, the most problematic one. But I believe I’ve found a way to get my head around it.

Lucky for my loved ones… And for me.


Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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